SOAR - Cyprus Chapter

SOAR-Cyprus joined the SOAR family in April 2018. The relationship of Armenians with Cyprus and their presence on the island is very old, and they have shared a mutual economic and cultural association for many centuries. Armenians in Cyprus have a structured community with a long history, and their presence has enriched the island in several ways. They are a recognized minority with their own language, schools, churches, cemeteries, monuments, information media, social institutions, customs, traditions, and cultural life.

During the Middle Ages, Cyprus had an extensive connection with the Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia. More recently, the short-lived National Educational Orphanage and the Melkonian Educational Institute were very influential, as was the presence of the Armenian Legion in Cyprus. Cyprus was the first country to bring the issue of the Armenian Genocide recognition to the plenary session of the United National General Assembly in 1965 and the second country in the world to recognize the Armenian Genocide in 1975.

Currently, Armenians in Cyprus maintain a notable presence of about 3,500 on the island, mostly centered in the capital Nicosia, but also in Larnaca and Limassol, where they have churches, schools, associations, cemeteries, and monuments. There is also a small unstructured Armenian community in Paphos. The Armenian Prelate of Cyprus is located in Nicosia.


Alishia Nazari

Alishia Nazari is Armenian, born in Tehran-Iran. At the age of 11, she moved to Cyprus to attend Melkonian Educational Institute. She completed her Bachelor Degree in Marketing in Cyprus and her Masters Degree in Paris.

Alishia has lived in different countries but calls Cyprus her home, where she currently resides. She has extensive an background in marketing and has career experience on an international level ranging from the Middle East through Europe.

Since a very young age, Alishia has been involved in charitable causes, which concern children. Charity has always been her passion and hopes that one day she will continue this path as her full time purpose.

Meghry Kalaydjian

Meghry is originally Lebanese Armenian, raised in Cyprus. Upon graduating from the University of Nicosia, with a Bachelors degree in International Relations and European Studies, she returned to Lebanon in pursuit of kick-starting a career and gaining invaluable hands-on experience.

Meghry is a Marketing and Communications Specialist, and upon her return to Cyprus she has been working with Non-Profits and Start-Ups that are in need of brand image building and project plans. Looking at her CV, you will see that she has held a variety of roles, which has resulted in her obtaining a diverse skillset, but her true passion and pursuit in life has been humanitarian work. Over and above her paid employment, she has for long been actively involved with a lot of extra-curricular and volunteer work, such as Rotaract International, Polio Immunization Campaigns, Water Filtration Projects and Vocational Trainings.

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